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Re: redirest question, bob....=:)

Posted by stjames on May 21, 2003, at 22:35:23

In reply to redirest question, bob....=:), posted by lostsailor on May 21, 2003, at 13:43:28

> >>It might be rather difficult for him to know whether a "person" is talking from experience or its "sales rep" doing the lingo.

It seems it is also rather difficult to diganos
mental illness & treat it, as there are no gold standard tests. Somehow, some docs are able to
do that.

In fact, it seems all of psychology and behavior is this way, and yet some are able to make good judgement calls.

How do i judge if someone is selling or not:

1) most mentally ill have long treatment histories and lots to say and ask. I suspect those who pop out of nowhere and say "I have been cured by xxx"
and have nothing else to say.

2) The word "cure" is a tip off. there is no cure
for mental illness, yet. If a poster did not use the work "cure" I would tend to not discount their claims so quickly

3) the grander the claim the better the proof better be.

4) if someone posted that a new compound cured them I would tend to suspect this less than posting about things people have taken for 1,000's
of years. If an herb cured mental illness, for even a small number of people, it seems in the course of 1,000's of years this would now be common knowlage.

5) this is a very common issue on many boards of many different subjects and others are able to discern who is selling.




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